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Report on the ROI of special libraries

A group of Australian library associations has released a report called "Putting a Value on ‘Priceless’: an independent assessment of the return on investment of special libraries in Australia". 

According to the report:

[T]his work is that special libraries have been found to return $5.43 for every $1 invested — and that's a conservative estimate of their real contribution. For example, it takes into account the time saved by doctors, lawyers, corporate executives and political advisors searching for answers, but it does not take into account the improved quality of the results supplied by trained information specialists. It looks at how much it would cost users to have to buy the information they gain for free from the library, but it does not assess the savings achieved by library staff negotiating advantageous prices with information suppliers.

The report can be found at

(via Michel-Adrien Sheppard)

Digital materials at the Courthouse Libraries

Courthouse Libraries BC has provided details of its move away from print materials and towards electronic materials on its website: The posting notes that:

In 2014, we are cancelling print law reports, print legislation (except for British Columbia legislation), and updates to most of the loose-leaf services we subscribe to.

It goes on to explain the problems with loose-leaf subscriptions, something which should be familiar to all of us in the VALL community:

Why is the library cancelling loose-leafs?

In short, because loose-leafs have become prohibitively expensive. Loose-leafs have always presented challenges for libraries: they take up a great deal of staff time to file updates (1,900 hours in 2013), the updates often include only minor substantive improvements, and loose-leafs frequently have pages go missing. Loose-leafs lack the benefits of digital titles (which feature full-text search, fillable forms, and ability to email excerpts), and lack the portability of texts.

Registration for the New Law Librarians' Institute 2014 now open

The New Law Librarians' Institute, sponsored by CALL/ACBD, is an intensive, week-long program aimed at developing librarians' skills in the key competencies of law librarianship. The program will feature expert instruction from leading law librarians and law professors, small class size, a mix of lectures and practical sessions, hands on sessions, and valuable take-home materials. The Institute will be held at the Brian Dickson Law Library, University of Ottawa with accommodation in the university's residences.

Sessions to be included:
Introduction to Property Law
Introduction to Quebec Civil Law
Introduction to Aboriginal Law
Introduction to Constitutional Law

2014 WestPac Annual Conference in Seattle, WA

Happy 2014 everyone! We wanted to let you know we are full speed ahead with the planning of this year's WestPac Conference, scheduled for October 9 -11, 2014 in beautiful Seattle, Washington. The conference is graciously being hosted by Penny Hazelton,
Director of the Gallagher Law Library at the University of Washington School of Law.

We have secured the Watertown Hotel, located at 4242 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105. For those who like to plan early, you can make your reservations now directly through the hotel - group code #141009AALL.

  1. Reservation Desk at (866)866-7977 (use group code or mention WestPac)
  2. Email request to
  3. Reserve Online at (This option will only allow you to reserve for the nights of the 9th and 10th. For those staying longer, reservations must be made via telephone or email in order to receive the group discount).

Details about the hotel will be on the WestPac web site<> as we get closer to the event date. Registration costs are still being determined, but we anticipate they will be the same or close to last year's rates.

CALL/ACBD 2014 Conference Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for the 2014 Canadian Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference. This year’s conference will take place in Winnipeg, Manitoba at the Fort Garry Hotel from May 25-28.

James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund

From Ann Marie Melvie:

A reminder to CALL/ACBD members that March 15 is the next deadline for applications to the James D. Lang Memorial Scholarship fund.

Members of CALL/ACBD who have been in good standing for a minimum of twelve months are invited to apply for funding. The scholarship is designed to support attendance at a continuing education program, be it a workshop, certificate program or other similar activity deemed appropriate by the CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee. Support for attendance at annual conferences normally does not fall within the terms of reference for this scholarship.

This scholarship fund was established in memory of James D. Lang, a long-time employee of Carswell and member of CALL/ ACBD. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to further your professional education.

An application form is available under Scholarships and Awards on the CALL/ACBD website. Please e-mail the completed form and attachments to:

Ann Marie Melvie
Chair, CALL/ACBD Scholarships and Awards Committee

Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship

From Ann Marie Melvie:

The closing date for applications for the Diana M. Priestley Memorial Scholarship is fast approaching. Please pass this message on to anyone you know who would be a good candidate.

Diana M. Priestly Memorial Scholarship

Established in honour of the late Diana M. Priestly, a distinguished Canadian law librarian, and in recognition of her distinctive contribution to Law Librarianship, the Scholarship is intended to support professional development in the field and is awarded to a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant:

Dates for CALL New Law Librarians' Institute 2014 announced

The Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL) has announced that their New Law Librarians' Institute will take place June 8-12, 2014 in Ottawa. Registration information will follow in the new year.

Parliament's Historical Debates are now available online!

From Sonia Bebbington of the Library of Parliament:

Parliament’s Historical Debates are now available online!

The Library of Parliament, in collaboration with, is launching its Historical Debates of the Parliament of Canada digital portal.

The portal provides free public access to digital versions of the historical debates of the Parliament of Canada in both official languages.  It includes all published debates of both the Senate and the House of Commons from Parliament 1, Session 1* until coverage on begins.**

This initiative significantly increases access to Parliament’s documentary history and heritage.  The portal can be browsed by Chamber, Parliament, Session, and volume, and is full-text searchable with a number of search filters available.

The digital page images were produced by Library and Archives Canada, and the portal developed in collaboration with, a membership alliance dedicated to building Canada’s digital preservation infrastructure and providing wide-ranging access to Canadian documentary heritage. Questions, comments and feedback can be directed to:

Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund

On behalf of Annamarie Bergen:

As many of you know, a little over three months ago we lost one of our own, Shelagh Mikulak. Shelagh was passionate about librarianship and believed in mentoring individuals wishing to pursue a career in the library field.  For this reason a memorial fund is being created through the Calgary Foundation – the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund.

In order to make the Shelagh Mikulak Memorial Scholarship in Library Sciences Fund a reality, our first goal is to raise $100,000 in order to firmly establish the fund and work towards awarding grants ‘in perpetuity.’  This is where you can help! Please consider donating to this fund. Any donations of $25.00 or more will receive a tax receipt. 

Many of us have specific charities we support each year.  I am hoping you will consider adding this to your list!  We always talk about the importance of encouraging individuals to join our field and this fund will not only help do this, but also raise the profile of our profession.

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